Every day there are thousands of people who need blood and that is why we are encouraged to donate blood which can save the lives of many people. It is not only a noble act, but do you know that there are various benefits of donating blood for the donor’s health. The practice of donating blood can foster virtue in self and can be used as a social responsibility. if you have ever donated blood even once, you are a special person and the donation that has been given is priceless.
Every year, June 14 has been declared as World Blood Donation Day by the World Health Organization, to encourage people to donate blood to save those in need. There are many uses of blood including saving lives during surgery, accident victims, treating leukemia patients, cancer patients, heart patients, liver disease, hemophilia and others.
Although blood donation programs and campaigns are always done every month in all locations and places in Malaysia. But the blood supply is still insufficient. By donating blood, you may be able to save someone’s life because the hospital is always short of blood and that is why it is important for all of us, if eligible and allowed to donate blood, should donate blood every 3 months.
Here are the reasons why you are encouraged to donate blood:
Take care of the donor’s health
Donated blood will be filtered first to identify if there is any viral infection and before donating blood, the medical staff at the blood donation center will give you a brief health check.
Reduces the risk of heart disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Malaysia. However, by donating blood, you can reduce the risk of heart attack and heart disease. When you donate blood, you remove iron from your body and maintain proper blood fluidity for the health of your arteries.
Can reduce calories in the body
Studies have found that donating blood can burn 650 calories in a person’s body in one session; helping donors lose weight, stay healthy and slim, and prevent obesity.
Many blood donors tell, every time after donating blood, they will feel healthier and more energetic which makes them come back to donate blood.
Employers whether in the government or private sector can also include donating blood as one of the activities recognized as a contribution to society. By donating blood, we can save lives regardless of religion and culture. All efforts and goals to supply enough blood for patient use will not be successful without the support of all members of the community.